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Thursday 17 April 2014

Israel admits killing Arafat deputy in raid

Lifting a near 25-year veil of secrecy, Israel has acknowledged it killed Khalil al-Wazir, better known as Abu Jihad, deputy to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, in a 1988 seaborne raid in Tunisia.

Two of those involved in the operation now hold high political office -- defence minister Ehud Barak and vice premier Moshe Yaalon.

At the time, Mr Barak was deputy military chief and Mr Yaalon was head of the Sayeret Matkal unit. Their precise roles in the operation were not divulged and both men's offices declined to comment.

Israel has long been suspected of the assasination but only now has the country's military censor cleared the 'Yediot Ahronot' daily to publish the information, including an interview with the commando who killed him, at least 12 years after the newspaper obtained the information.

Irish Independent

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